Before we dive into our appraisal of Book Four, here’s our usual bit of housekeeping for our episodic reviews. If you haven’t already, be sure to get up to speed with our reviews for Dreamfall Chapters – Book One: Reborn, Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two: Rebels and Dreamfall Chapters – Book Three: Realms by hitting the links provided. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
Those of you who read my review for Book Three will know that, while it was enjoyable and made some big narrative moves, I felt it to be the weakest episode overall so far. It wasn’t a bad episode at all, and in fact it had some important reveals that have been hanging over The Longest Journey saga for years, but it failed to match the masterclasses that were Books One and Two. In saying this, it honestly felt like I was kicking a beloved and faithful animal that had been following me around for years. I felt terrible.
Absolutely justified, but still terrible.
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The season pass for Dreamfall Chapters has been reduced even further thanks to the Humble Store End of Summer sale. Three episodes (or Books) have been released so far for the sequel to The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, and it's a must for adventure genre fans. Amazingly atmospheric, filled with thought-provoking choices, and tied together with a brilliantly written narrative - I honestly cannot recommend this enough.
Here's another Humble Store sale highlight, this time for the season pass of the long-awaited Dreamfall Chapters. Three episodes (or Books) have been released so far for the sequel to The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, and it's a must for adventure genre fans. Amazingly atmospheric, filled with thought-provoking choices, and tied together with a brilliantly written narrative - I honestly cannot recommend this enough.
Before we dive into our appraisal of Book Three, here’s our usual bit of housekeeping for our episodic reviews. If you haven’t already, be sure to get up to speed with our reviews for Dreamfall Chapters – Book One: Reborn and Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two: Rebels by hitting the links provided. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
The first two Books have rocked our twin worlds with their huge environments, atmospheric world building, and expertly crafted narrative. Rebels in particular provided a run time to rival most episodic seasons and ended on a shocking cliffhanger. If anything, we’ve been spoilt rotten by Red Thread Games up until now, but as a result Book Three doesn’t quite hit the same marks as the previous instalments. Make no mistake, though – surprising revelations and long-awaited returns make Book Three an important episode, but it did come off more as a setup for the remainder of the story than anything else.
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Before we dive into our assessment for Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two, here’s a handy link to our review of Book One for those who need to catch up. I’d also like to add that, while we did score the previous episode, we will not be scoring Book Two. This is to match our new policy of only awarding a score to episodic games once they are completed. We’ll still provide “The Short Version” at the end as usual, but the numeric scale OF DEATH won’t return until Dreamfall Chapter’s conclusion. Anyway, let’s talk about Book Two: Rebels in as spoiler-free a manner as humanly possible.
Wow. I was not expecting that much content.
My personal run time for Book Two came in at just over 7 hours. When combined with the 4 hours I spent with Book One, it makes the current available content of Dreamfall Chapters longer than most entire seasons of episodic games. And we still have 3 instalments to go. Of course, all that time spent in-game means nothing unless the experience is any good, and while it’s quite clear that the increased size and scope of Book Two has made it a fairly buggy affair at launch, the end result is an engrossing, engaging, and entertaining second instalment.Click here to read more...
If you have yet to get involved with the first part of Dreamfall Chapters, now would be an excellent time to do so thanks to the current price drop for the Season Pass. There's a saving of around £7 over the regular price, and it set you up for the release of Book Two: Rebels next week. I called Book One "an excellent return to The Longest Journey saga" in our review thanks to the encouragement to explore its detailed world alongside the excellent storytelling. Admittedly, I would personally suggest playing The Longest Journey and Dreamfall first, but a quick video recap has now been included for those who just wish to jump right in.
Here's a quick shout out for one of the current flash deals over on GOG, with the season pass for Dreamfall Chapters currently falling below the £15 mark for the next 3 or so hours. As with everything else on the site, it's DRM-free, and even those of you with Linux or Mac machines can take advantage of this deal.
We've only had the first episode (or Book) so far, but it's a fantastic start that puts exploration back into the heart of adventure gaming. Admittedly, I would personally suggest playing The Longest Journey and Dreamfall first, but a quick video recap has now been included for those who just wish to jump right in. For more info be sure to check out our review of Book One - Reborn.
A range of emotions flowed over me on Monday morning. You see, after an eight-year wait with a damn cliffhanger, the next instalment of The Longest Journey saga was finally here. The stories of April Ryan and Zoe Castillo, of Stark and Arcadia, of order and chaos, are ones that have resonated with me ever since I played them years ago, and I have craved more. Thankfully, patience is one of my better virtues, although seeing the game in action and speaking to some of the main people behind the magic as helped make the wait a little less painful (and to this day, Tornquist still refers to me as the “wang guy.” See the reason why here.) So while this next statement shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, in the interest of full disclosure I’d like to state that I backed Dreamfall Chapters during its Kickstarter campaign. While I see no reason why it should affect matters, at least we’re all on the same page going into this review. It’s up to you to decide if it impedes my judgement.
Although if you think it does, you’re wrong and I’m removing your interneting privileges.
To recap the story would require far more space than I can afford, so here’s my best attempt at a quick overview. Dreamfall Chapters follows the adventures of Zoe Castillo, known as the Dreamer, and Kian Alvane, a former Apostle / assassin turned traitor, as they try to find their place in the twin worlds of Stark, a futuristic dystopian Earth, and Arcadia, a world of magic. With both of these worlds in grave danger, Book One: Reborn charges players with guiding both characters through their rebirth into the story, and begin their journey to save Stark & Arcadia from certain doom.Click here to read more...
Less than two weeks. That's all that remains until the long-awaited Dreamfall Chapters is in the hands of its backers. But what if you didn't back it? Well, Red Thread Games has just announced that GOG.com are now taking pre-orders for a special edition of the season pass, which will cost £22.99 ahead of its release on October 21st. Alongside the main episodic game (DRM-free, of course) it comes with a bunch of extras:
Reborn: The Art of Dreamfall Chapters Book One — a digital art book featuring concept art and illustrations from the first episode of Dreamfall Chapters
Journeys Birth — two short stories in PDF and ebook formats, set in The Longest Journey universe and leading up to the events in Dreamfall Chapters (available October 20th)
Digital soundtrack featuring music from Dreamfall Chapters Book One in FLAC and MP3 format(available November 1st)
Digital Europolis tourist map! Sponsored by Niyom Media and presented by Crowboy, everyone’s favourite crow cowboy (coming soon!)
7 HD wallpapers
5 digital avatars featuring characters from Dreamfall Chapters.
Today's update to Kickstarter backers also revealed that listings on Steam and the Humble Bundle store would be available soon. An announcement of the final crowdfunding total, comprising of both Kickstarter campaign and pledges that have been made on the Red Thread Games website via PayPal, will be made in the near future as well.
In the meantime, if you wish to learn more about Dreamfall Chapters you can always check out our gameplay walkthrough from Gamescom, or check out our recent interview with Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tørnquist. We will of course bring you our thoughts on one of our most anticipated games of this year as soon as it's in our grubby mitts, although in fairness most of it will probably be Carl screaming in excitement of it finally being here.
The team at Red Thread Games had said the first part of the long-awaited sequel would arrive before November, but yesterday they announced via a developer vlog that Dreamfall Chapters Book One - Reborn would finally be released on October 21st. Kickstarter backers will receive a digital download version at that time, although a season pass will also be available at various online stores as well if you were heinous enough to not support it. It's okay. I'll forgive you in time.
That gives you three weeks to either buy and / or replay the original two games in the series, but if you don't have time for that you're in luck. Creative director Ragnar Tørnquist confirmed on twitter that the team are working on a recap for fans and newcomers alike ahead of the game's release, so everyone will understand who Brian Westhouse is, how a bird is the second greatest sidekick ever, and why even the most powerful villains should fear calculators.
In the meantime, if you wish to learn more about Dreamfall Chapters you can always check out our gameplay walkthrough from Gamescom, or check out our recent interview with Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tørnquist. We will of course bring you our thoughts on one of our most anticipated games of this year as soon as it's in our grubby mitts.
I had just spent the last twenty or so minutes watching Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn in action, seeing locations like Europolis brought to life and how the player would interact with the world. As a fan of the series, I was excited. In fact, seeing that the game was so close to a finished state only made me want it sooner. If you haven’t already (and don’t mind a few light spoilers – nothing big, I promise you!) then be sure to check out the gameplay presentation on our YouTube channel. Or watch the embed above. Because convenience.
Once it was over, Creative Director Ragnar Tørnquist & Lead Writer Dag Scheve took some time to discuss a number of topics, such as development, the PS4 announcement, and both the good & bad sides of fandom. Before we get going though, a quick confession – I had originally planned for this to be a video interview, but technological failings on my part meant that we would have to do things the hard way. What this means is that I’ve robbed you of yet another glorious moment of Tørnquist & Scheve posing with Toby the Dealspwny. For that, I am deeply sorry.
2013 was a big year for Red Thread Games. The Kickstarter was a success and development even hit its Alpha milestone on time before the year’s end, but to me the most notable part of the year was JourneyCon. With fans from 17 different countries attending the inaugural event, it was quite the achievement for the Norwegian developers. “It happened!” exclaimed Dag, when I asked how successful they had felt it had been. “We sold out, yeah,” Ragnar began. “That was our prime goal, I think! That and that it was a good event, and it was fun. It was amazing [to learn] where people came from. There was one guy from Oregon [in the US], there was people traveling from all over Europe, there was one guy from New York! People just came in from across the world, and that was great.” Despite this, Ragnar admitted that it was a draining experience “not because of the fans, but because the amount of work it was.” With Book One emerging in the very near future, it’s no wonder he confirmed there wouldn’t be one this year, was hopeful that they would do it again in the future.Click here to read more...
It may have only been on the big screen for mere seconds, but the news that Dreamfall Chapters would be coming to consoles first on Playstation 4 was a welcome surprise at this year’s Gamescom. So, it was obviously something I wanted to talk about with Ragnar Tørnquist & Dag Scheve of Red Thread Games when I met up with them the following day, to learn more about how the deal was made, and if it meant that Xbox One owners would missing out.Click here to read more...
With the recent news that Dreamfall Chapter would be going episodic, and being told that the first part would be with us sooner than the original November date, many fans were eager to see how the project was coming along. There have been a few walkthroughs this year at events, but at Gamescom I was invited to check out a few select scenes from Book One: Reborn. Creative Director Ragnar Tørnquist & Lead Writer Dag Scheve guided me through the developer walkthrough, highlighting the puzzles, exploration, & decision making players will have in the game.
Obviously, there are some light spoilers involved in watching this (although nothing story ruining - I was asked to stop filming at those points!) but if you're curious as to how the game will play, or just want to see Europolis in all its glory, then this video is a must see. Stay tuned to the site later today for our exclusive interview with Ragnar & Dag!
The fine folks at Red Thread Games have released a brand new trailer this afternoon for the long awaited Dreamfall Chapters ahead of its now-episodic release later this year. Giving us a sneak peek into the stunningly realised twin worlds of Stark and Arcadia, as well as an early listen to its rather atmospheric soundtrack, there are some hidden easter eggs for eagle-eyed fans to ponder over according to creative producer Ragnar Tørnquist.
While the Kickstarted project was expected to be delivered in full in November, it was explained in an open letter last week that the game - and more to the point its story - had "turned out to be bigger and more ambitious than first envisioned." To that end, the game will now be split into five episodes, with the first releasing "before our originally announced November date." It was also made clear that current backers would receive all five episodes as part of their pledge as they are released at no extra cost.
"As a team, we believe we’re making the right choice — organisationally, financially and creatively," Tørnquist explained. "As writers, storytellers and artists we get to work in a format we love. And with every release, we will gather your feedback and improve on subsequent releases. In return, you’ll be getting a bigger, longer, more ambitious and more polished game."
Frankly, the change to an episodic form is probably the best thing in the long run (from a personal perspective it means I won't binge the entire thing in one sitting and then barrage the devs with calls of "MOAR NOW PLEASE") and the trailer has the TLJ fan in me very excited for the return of protagonists Zoë Castillo & Kian Alvane. As it says in the trailer itself, Dreamfall Chapters is certainly one of our most anticipated games of this year, and if you want to learn more about it you can check out my interview with developers Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tørnquist here, but stay tuned to the site as we'll be keeping a close eye on Red Thread Games' upcoming title in the coming months.
Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn will release on PC, Mac and Linux later this year.
It's all getting a little busy for the folks at Red Thread Games at the moment. Development of Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey is in full swing, and the first convention for the series named JourneyCon will be taking place in a few weeks, but now the Norwegian-based team have announced that they will be developing a new game titled Draugen - "a first-person survival horror adventure amongst the mountains and fjords of the Norwegian west coast in the 1920s."Click here to read more...
It has been a fair few months since we last spoke to the folks at Red Thread Games about Dreamfall Chapters, and much has happened since then. At the time they just hit their Kickstarter target, but when the crowdfunding campaign ended with a grand total of over $1.5 million, it meant the Norway-based developers would be able to create a bigger and more in-depth sequel. Having shown off an example of what they call "game spaces" at this year's Rezzed convention, giving players a preview of how Zoe Castillo will be able to interact with her surroundings when the game releases next year, I jumped at the chance to speak to the two of the men responsible for bringing the worlds of Arcadia and Stark back to life - Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tørnquist - at this year's Gamescom.
In the interview, we talk about life after the Kickstarter, getting the old gang back together, their previous project The Secret World, developing with the Unity Engine, and the characters of The Longest Journey saga.
Then the word 'wang' is used, and the whole thing goes straight to hell. To find out the context for it, and for the rest of the interview, hit the jump.Click here to read more...
After a month of updates, trailers, interviews, Crow-related puns and cannonstroking (we’ll get to that) the Kickstarter campaign for Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey has finally come to a close. The pledge total came to $1,538,175 when the timer ended at 11 am this morning, going 80% further than the initial $850,000 target developers Red Thread Games were originally aiming for.Click here to read more...
During the early hours of the morning, the folks at Red Thread Games finally announced the mysterious $1.5 Million stretch goal for Dreamfall Chapters – A Director’s Cut. Hitting this target would allow the Norwegian developers to put in all of the extra content they were forced to cut out to accommodate a leaner budget, meaning more puzzles, greater detail to the game, and a few extra characters that, while not key to the experience, would have been sidelined.
The news comes after yet another busy weekend for the folks at Red Thread Games, having sped past two more Kickstarter goals to reach almost $1.2 million at the time of writing. This is more than likely down to renewed interest in the Kickstarter campaign thanks to a series of exclusive reveals on several of the larger gaming websites.Click here to read more...
There’s just over a week left in its Kickstarter campaign, and in an effort to drum up more interest the folks at Red Thread Games have released a new trailer for Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey. The video, currently being circulated via IGN, doesn’t reveal any new locations, but it does give us extended looks at Marcuria, Europolis, and the Storytime. See it for yourself after the jump.Click here to read more...
More news from Red Thread Games this morning, with the announcement that Dreamfall: Chapters: The Longest Journey is now on Steam Greenlight, and awaiting community votes. The much-requested move has been done in an effort to provide even more ways for the Kickstarted adventure game sequel to reach potential buyers.Click here to read more...